NHS hearing aids are usually behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids that either pass sound into your ear through an ear mould that sits inside your ear, or they provide a small open ear fitting.
Your hearing aids will amplify sounds that you find difficult to hear, which should help make conversation and everyday sounds clearer and louder for you.
Although the hearing aids can’t cut out all background noise, they will reduce background noise and make listening easier and more comfortable.
Hearing Loop Setting
Most hearing aids will have a hearing loop setting, or T setting or Telecoil (If this is not present on your hearing aid you can contact your audiologist to activate this for you).
When you switch your hearing aids to the hearing loop setting, you will be able to pick up sound from various types of equipment specifically designed to be used with the hearing loop setting:
Room Loop Systems – Room or Induction loop systems help people who are hard of hearing pick up sounds more clearly, by reducing background noise and focusing on the sounds being fed into the loop. Such as a person speaking from a microphone; or sound directly from a television.
An internal hearing aid microphone will normally amplify all noises in the area, therefore making it difficult to hear conversation or television. However using a loop system allows hearing aid users to hear clearly in a noisy environment. It allows you to listen to a speaker from a distance over people who are gathered in an audience, and delivers amplified sound directly to your hearing aid, reducing any background interference that an internal hearing aid microphone would normally pick up.